Removing a USB device - any "safe removal" steps?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MattOKC, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. MattOKC macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2008
    In windows, I have to click a taskbar icon and cancel the function of a USB device before it can be safely removed.

    New to Mac OS, and wondered if there is a similar process or whether a flash drive/etc. can just be unplugged.
  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus


    Oct 13, 2007
    On the desktop, drag it to the trash. Or highlight it and press CMD + E. Or in a Finder window press the little circle next to its name in the sidebar.
  3. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    If it's mounted as a drive you should unmount it first, and give it a few seconds before you unplug it. If it's not a mounted device then you can just unplug it
  4. bsheridan macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2008
    Just drag the usb icon on your desktop to the trashcan. The trashcan will then turn to an eject button, drop the usb icon on this.

  5. RemarkabLee macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    Depends on what type of device. If its a USB pen drive for example, use Finder and eject the drive, just like a normal 'drive'. Same deal with an iPod/iPhone - it should be ejected, but use iTunes for an iPod/iPhone.

    For a peripheral (scanner, keyboard) just unplug it.

    In short, if the device contains 'files/music/photos/video' it should be ejected.
  6. MattOKC thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2008
  7. Free11 macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2010
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    I have Huawei E169 internet stick and my system is OSX 10.4.6.

    I used to have a Nokia CS-15 USB internet stick and I removed it in various ways, but it always gave me error messages about unsafe removal of the USB-device.

    Now I haven´t removed this device at all (and not even closed my computer at all) cause I don´t find any safe way to remove the device!

    Please Help!

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